Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition from Fat Panda Games and Ratalaika Games is an adventure platformer in which you’ll have to save the Kingdom from an evil thief trying to send it into 3D. Check our Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition review!
Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition is set in a beautiful 2D land, but now it’s threatened by 3D malice and chaos.
A wise sorcerer created six magical jewels that kept the effects of the third dimension at bay, granting peace and prosperity. However, one day an evil masked thief named Hex disrupted the balance and made the chaos return.
Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition from Fat Panda Games and Ratalaika Games is an adventure platformer in which you’ll have to save the Kingdom from an evil thief trying to send it into 3D. As the game begins, we are introduced to a cutscene where you’ll see that balance is held in place with six jewels all over the kingdom. One day, an evil thief steals one of the jewels, and this region is subject to change – as the once flat world is now going into 3D. Thus will begin the story of our Flat, our hero out on a quest to recover the stolen jewels and save the Princess who’s been kidnapped!
The game doesn’t force you into a tutorial and lets you explore and try things out by yourself, using cardboard hints in the background. I loved how you don’t have to go through an extended tutorial for this. The game is quite intuitive, and you can figure out most of it by yourself without any extra help. If you do require help, however, there’s a tutorial that can be accessed within the game menu.
The gameplay requires you to change Flat’s shape using the face buttons. For instance, pressing the Circle button will shift him into a Circle form, and the same goes for the Square and Triangle buttons. Each shape has its own perk. In the Circle form, you can double jump. Square is resistant to attacks and can break fragile floors. Triangle is sharp and can poke at things while running at a fast pace. Basically, the gameplay is Rock-Paper-Scissors as Triangle defeats Circle enemies, Circle defeats Square enemies, and Square defeats Triangle enemies.,
The bosses in Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition are fun and creative. You’ll need to pay attention to their shapes and the area in which the boss fight takes place so that you can find the right way to defeat them. Their weakness is not going to be shown to you right away, but if you pay attention, you’ll easily figure things out. If you fail the battle, you’ll be sent back just before to when the fight is about to take place so that you can give it another go.
As for the game’s presentation, it’s just great! The environments are colorful and charming, and the enemies and bosses you’ll meet also stand out. The soundtrack is also fun to listen to. On the accessibility level, I thought that the game text was quite small and could have been bigger, given that there’s enough space in the text boxes. I played the PS5 version for this Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition review, and I do want to mention that the DualSense does not vibrate, which is a missed opportunity since you’re going to be jumping a lot as you slam into floors or obstacles to destroy them.
On the trophies side, since this is a Ratalaika release, you can expect to be able to two new Platinum trophies to your collection quite easily, thanks to the game being Cross-Buy with separated trophy lists. The list is composed of one silver trophy and eleven Gold trophies. They will unlock as you progress through the first few levels and beat the first two bosses. While not missable, there’s one that you should keep in mind: the “Complicated Foes” trophy requires you to get rid of an enemy using two forms. All in all, you should achieve the Platinum in around 20 to 30 minutes.
Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition is surprisingly fun and has a great presentation and fun bosses to fight. My wife was watching me as I played and also dug the visuals and even got invested in the story as I played. Being a Ratalaika Games release, you can also expect to achieve two new Platinum trophies in around 20 to 30 minutes since your purchase includes the PS4 and PS5 versions, and each one has a separate trophy list.
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This Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by Ratalaika Games.